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By the returns of the officers of New Castle County, appointed by law Judges of Election, it appeared that on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November last, at the several and respective places specified by law for holding the elections in and for said county, the following persons were chosen to represent the said county in the House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, to wit: Henry M. Barlow, Enoch Moore. Abram Palmer, Theodore F. Armstrong, William A. Comegys, John T. Wilson and Richard Ferguson, Esquires.

By the returns of the officers of Kent County, appointed by law Judges of Election, it appeared that on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November last, at the several and respective places specified by law for holding the elections in and for said county, the following persons were chosen to represent the said county in the House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, to wit: Henry M. How, John F. Saulsbury, James Virden, Christian Gundy Brown, John H. Schabinger, Nicholas R. Johnson and William T. Watson, Esquires.

By the returns of the officers of Sussex County, appointed by law Judges of Election, it appeared that on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November last, at the several and respective places specified by law for holding the elections in and for said county, the following persons were chosen to represent the said county in the House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, to wit: John O. Truitt, David H. Atkins, Jacob H. Adams, John Tatman, W. R. McCabe, Jacob W. Cannon and Joseph B. Hearn, Esquires.

On motion of Mr. Saulsbury, the House proceeded to elect, by ballot, a Speaker.

Mr. Virden placed in nomination Mr. William A. Comegys, of New Castle County.

Mr. Moore moved that two tellers be appointed,
Which motion

Prevailed, Whereupon Messrs. Moore and How were appointed tellers.

Upon the ballot being counted, it appeared that William A. Comegys had received twenty votes.

Whereupon William A. Comegys, having received all the votes cast, was declared duly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Schabinger moved that a committee of two be appointed to inform Mr. Comegys of his election and to conduct him to the Chair, Which motion

Prevailed, Whereupon Messrs. Schabinger and Tatman were appointed said committee.

Mr. Comegys, Speaker elect, was conducted to the Chair by Messrs. Schabinger and Tatman, and addressed the House as follows: Gentlemen of the House of Representatives :

I thank you sincerely for the honor conferred upon me in selecting me to preside over your deliberations, and I assure you that your kindness and partiality are fully appreciated. At the same time I realize the fact that the position to which you have assigned me is one of more than ordinary responsibility, and, while profoundly grateful to you for this manifestation of confidence, I shall enter on the discharge of its duties with a serious distrust of my capacity to meet, in an acceptable manner, the requirements of this office. I promise you, however, to devote to your service all the zeal and all the ability of which I am possessed, which, coupled with your cordial co-operation, support and indulgence, all of which I beg, I hope to be enabled to perform the duties of this offiee at least satisfactorily. For a quarter of a century the party which has placed us here has had no influence whatever with the executive of the federal government, but to-day we are proud to know that those principles to which we have so devotedly adhered have been endorsed by the people. Let us emulate the wisest and best of the governments of our sister states and give to Delaware such laws as will continue the peace, prosperity and happiness of our people. Again thanking you, gentlemen, and relying upon your indulgence, I am now ready to proceed with the business of the House.

The Speaker and members elect were then qualified, according to the Constitution and Laws of the State of Delaware and the act of Congress entitled “An act to regulate the time and manner

of administering certain oaths," as appears by the following certificates, to wit:

I, Henry M. Barlow, a member of the House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, from New Castle County, do hereby.certify that William A. Comegys, a member elect of the House of Representatives from New Castle County, was, previous to entering upon any other business and taking his seat as Speaker, duly sworn by me on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God to support

the Constitution of the United States, to support the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and to perform his duties as a member of the General Assembly of said State with fidelity.

And I, William A. Comegys, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, do hereby certify that Henry M. Barlow, Enoch Moore, Abram Palmer, Theodore F. Armstrong, John T. Wilson and Richard Ferguson, of New Castle County; and Henry M. How, John F. Saulsbury, James Virden, Christian Gundy Brown, John H. Schabinger and Nicholas R. Johnson, of Kent County; and John O. Truitt, David H. Atkins, Jacob H. Adams, John Tatman, William R. McCabe, Jacob W. Cannon and Joseph B. Hearn, of Sussex County, members elect of the House of Representatives, were, previous to their taking their seats, respectively sworn or affirmed by me to support the Constitution of the United States, to support the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and to perform their duties as members of the General Assembly of said State with fidelity.

Witness our hands this sixth day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five.

HENRY M. BARLOW,
WM. A. COMEGYS.

Mr. Johnson moved that the House proceed to the election of a Clerk, by ballot, Which motion

Prevailed. Mr. Barlow placed in nomination C. L. Williamson, of Kent County.

Mr. Johnson moved that two tellers be appointed,
Which motion

Prevailed,

Whereupon Messrs. Schabinger and Tatman were appointed tellers.

Upon the ballots being counted, it appeared that C. L. Williamson had received twenty votes, being all the votes cast.

Whereupon, C. L. Williamson, having received all the votes cast, was declared duly elected Clerk of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Johnson moved that a committee of two be appointed to inform Mr. Williamson of his election,

Whereupon Messrs. Johnson and Wilson were appointed said committee.

C. L. Williamson, Clerk elect, was introduced, duly qualified, and took his seat at the Clerk's table.

On motion of Mr. Armstrong, the House proceeded to the election of Sergeant-at-Arms.

Mr. McCabe placed in nomination William J. Rankin.

There being no other nomination, Mr. McCabe moved that he be elected by acclamation, . Which motion

Prevailed, Whereupon Mr. Rankin was declared duly elected Sergeantat-Arms of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Moore moved that a committee of two be appointed to inform Mr. Rankin of his election, Which motion

Prevailed, Whereupon Messrs. Moore and Atkins were appointed said committee.

William J. Rankin, Sergeant-at-Arms elect, being introduced, was duly qualified and entered upon his duties.

Mr. Saulsbury moved that the Rev. John F. Stonecipher be invited to act as Chaplain of the House during the session, Which motion

Prevailed, And, on the further motion of Mr. Saulsbury, it was ordered

that a committee of two be appointed to wait upon Mr. Stonecipher and inform him of the action of the House.

Whereupon Messrs. Saulsbury and McCabe were appointed said committee.

Mr. Brown moved that the House proceed to the election of a Messenger, Which motion

Prevailed. Mr. Brown placed in nomination Edward Hartnett. There being no other nomination, on motion of Mr. Brown, Edward Hartnett was elected by acclamation, introduced, and entered upon the duties of the office.

Mr. McFee, Clerk of the Senate, being admitted, informed the House that the Senate was duly organized and ready to proceed to business.

Mr. Saulsbury moved that the Clerk be directed to inform the Senate that the House was duly organized and ready to proceed to business. Which motion

Prevailed. Mr. Schabinger offered a resolution, which, on his motion, was read, as follows:

Resolved, That the rules agreed upon by the last House of Representatives be adopted as those governing the present House until new rules shall be adopted. And, on motion of Mr. Saulsbury, the resolution was

Adopted. Mr. Moore offered a joint resolution entitled,

“Joint resolution appointing a joint committee to wait upon the Governor and inform him of the organization of the two Houses,"

Which, on his motion, was read, and on motion of Mr. Saulsbury, was

Adopted. Ordered to the Senate for concurrence.

Mr. Moore offered a resolution, which, on his motion, was read, as follows:

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